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Oman’s health system can manage effects of civil unrest in neighbouring country

Oman’s well being method can handle effects of civil unrest in neighbouring nation

The study has taken a retrospective evaluation of all civil victims sent from Yemen to Oman right after the March 2015 bombings in two mosques of Sanaa that killed 137 folks of whom 14 had been youngsters. The deadly attacks also wounded 357 folks.

Such a scenario led to a crisis as the Yemeni healthcare method couldn’t cope with the require of the hour. Oman becoming the nearest impartial nation in the conflict, evacuated a group of individuals in the days following the twin bombings.

These individuals constituted the very first group of war victims treated at the National Trauma Centre of Khoula Hospital, wrote Dr Sultan al Shaqsi, from Khoula Hospital. Dr Shaqsi has a PhD in disaster and trauma medicine and at present plastic and reconstructive resident at the University of Toronto, Canada. With Oman becoming in a area exactly where social unrest has taken a massive toll on human life, it calls for the country’s healthcare method to be ready to handle the humanitarian impact of such a spillover.

“The healthcare system in Oman was able to deal and treat such patients. Preparedness can only be tested by incidents and in this event the Omani system seemed to be able to deal with the surge in victims,” Dr Shaqsi told Muscat Daily. The study highlighted the complexity of injuries produced by modern day civil unrest circumstances.

“This is the first study to describe the impact of an international civil unrest on a nearby country. It is probably the first time in modern history in Oman that a large number of bomb victims were treated at the National Trauma Centre.”

A total of 47 individuals had been evacuated from Yemen right after the two suicide bombings and treated initially in Oman. All individuals had been males, from six-66 years, with a imply age of 31 years. The study discovered that extended bone fractures had been the most typical injury sort (n = 39, 84 per cent). Complex wounds had been present in 36 (78 per cent) individuals, which needed surgical intervention.

Blast burns occurred in seven individuals (15 per cent) and ten individuals (21 per cent) had abdominal and chest injuries. Two individuals succumbed to their injuries, whilst the typical length of remain for survivors was 25 days (six-156 days). Dr Shaqsi added that there are numerous points to be noted.

“One is that Omani political system is impartial and steps in to help during humanitarian crises in the region regardless of political views. “The second point to emphasise is that the effect of mass disasters respects no boundaries. The humanitarian effect spills over to surrounding countries, therefore national and regional preparedness is critical.”

Apart from Dr Shaqsi, the study, published in Disaster and Emergency Medicine Journal, has been performed by Dr Ammar al Kashmiri, Dr Taimoor al Bulushi from Khoula Hospital, and Ahmed Hasan from Louisiana State University, US.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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